Making (Re)Connections: The Life of Florrie Purnell

With a few months worth of reflection under our belts, it is wonderful to look back on some of the work that the Past on Glass project has achieved. It is something we do with a real sense of pride. Perhaps nothing makes the experience more worthwhile however, than when we are contacted by a…

Ellen Munday: Life as an independent servant

Research today, comes from our wonderful volunteer Elizabeth, who has worked hard to track down information about a lady from the collection, Ellen Munday, as well as the family for whom she worked for during the time the photograph was taken.  The story leaves many questions still to be answered but certainly gives a fascinating…

What’s in a Name? Tracking down Sydney Tabor…

Today’s post comes courtesy of volunteer Clive Orton who has become a valued researcher here at the project and is a regular contributor to the project blog. Clive has made rather a speciality of researching family groups, of which there appear to be quite a few in the Knights-Whittome collection.  In today’s piece, he tackles…

Beryl La Fargue – A Girl from a Quiet Family

Today’s post comes from one of our regular contributors. Kathy Nichols has been volunteering with the project since we started in 2014.  As well as being an integral part of the team that scans and catalogues the collection, she has also successfully researched many of our sitters and subjects and has also acted as a…

A Mother’s Day Portrait

With this Sunday the 6th March being Mother’s Day in the UK, it seemed like a opportune moment to showcase some of the beautiful mother and child portraits we have in the Knights-Whittome glass plate collection. Captured between approximately 1905-1917, these images capture a unique moment in history for British women. Caught between the restricted Victorian world of…

Keeping up Appearances on the Home Front

For the fashion-conscious Edwardian and post-Edwardian lady there could be no better opportunity to showcase one’s wardrobe than in a professional photographic portrait. The Knights-Whittome collection is rich with female portraits, it is the largest single category group that we have encountered so far in the digitisation process. Among these images we have a large…